Spain's Short-Lived Euphoria Football Dream Distracts from the Crisis

Spain is in the grips of football fever -- a welcome distraction from the dire economic reality facing the country. The euphoria can do little to mitigate the appalling consequences of a real estate collapse that has many families facing financial ruin.
Fans celebrate after Spain beat Germany in the World Cup semifinal

Fans celebrate after Spain beat Germany in the World Cup semifinal

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